:: Sunday, December 04, 2005 ::
Christmas program on CBC
seasons: I was listening to the annual Christmas contest program on the Vinyl Cafe on CBC Radio One earlier today. I started to listen to the CBC, and specifically the Sunday noon Vinyl Cafe a lot when I came to live in London in the end of 1998. For those of you who don't know the program, Stewart tells some great stories and has some good musical guests and travels from town to town all over Canada and does the show live in front of an audience. The Christmas contest program has two elements.
First is playing the "Dave cooks the turkey" story from quite a few years ago. I heard this story before and despite knowing the whole thing it is a good listen. And is so funny. For those of you who have not heard it, it involved one of his story characters forgetting to get a turkey for christmas for his family and how he needed to get it cooked before he got in trouble. Twists and turns.
The second part - and is certainly live given the challenges at times, is where he attempts to get in touch with the winner of the postcard mail in where the mother corp will fly the winner from their home town to one of the live Christmas shows they put on. In the past it has been tough and no one is home, gets voicemail and so on. This time, the winner was a guy who used to live in Canada and now teaches on Hainan island in the South China Sea. The communications via the satellite bounce was crystal clear and flawless. Better than some phone calls across the city on a cell phone. And the winner was blown away. He could come home for Christmas and make it easier to bring presents to his friends and family. Pretty cool. Kind of a tradition for me this time of year. Don't have many - and that's fine with me - as I usually skip most of the xmas stuff.
Anyhow. I had today off. I thought it might be the work Christmas party and booked it off well in advance of knowing the specific date, but it is on another day instead of Sunday. And it turns out I might not go anyway as I might be in Toronto.
:: Mike Wood 12:55 [+] ::